Summer is almost in full swing and we are struggling to catch our breaths in the acrid, smoke-filled air that is Taizhou during the annual burn off of wheat chaff from the summer harvest. Last week was particularly bad and several of my students had to go to the local hospital with eye problems. Everyone complains but no one seems to suggest to the farmers that there could be a better and more environmentally friendly method of disposal. This was the trigger to finally get me back to my blogging!
It’s been over a month now since my last series of blogs describing my “winter” trip back to Oz for the first time in a year. This term has been action packed and I have managed to be more active in making better use of my weekends. After a serious case of “blog lag” it’s full steam ahead! So buckle up and come on the journey with me to the ancient city of Xi’an to experience more than just the Terracotta warriors; revisit Hangzhou in the springtime with a particular focus on the famous West Lake and the highlight of the journey, Xiahe in SW Gansu , home to the
This blog was started in 2006 when I embarked on a new life adventure teaching English in China. It was a wonderful, enriching and enlightening experience. Many of you came on this journey with me.
For those of you who are searching for more meaning and satisfaction in your life and feel that teaching languages overseas might fit the bill, I enthusiastically encourage you to take up the challenge as I did nine years ago. You will never regret it. In fact you will probably say "Why didn't I do this years ago?"
I then began a journal of my journey home to Australia- the long way round! U... full info
Spring CleaningStudents organize themselves to do the general cleaning duties so as to keep their "living quarters" as pleasant as possible. With space being limited and others to consider,there is no room to be untidy or dirty.Many of them use little "homey" touches such as flowers, plants and posters to improve the "ambience". Periodic "competitions" are held to reward students who keep their dorms spic and span and add "creative" touches. Even the boys join in with gusto!
Window CleaningWith all the construction and renovations going on both on the campus and in it's immediate surrounds, a thorough wash down is warranted.
Out With The OldThe statue ouside our auditorium in the process of receiving a new cladding of shiny black marble.
Hidden GemWandering around the grounds uncovered this little gem - an old shrine of some sort, I think. Hans had mentioned it's existance, so I went exploring. Sadly it has been very neglected with the brush around it very overgrown. A wander around this vicinity revealed an old wall and some charming buildings. A plan begins to form.....